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Man Against Mauve videos

No one gives a fuck, I know. Like the last Red Sox/Yankees ALCS in reverse, almost nobody will admit to having been there. But I think, with the benefit of distance and time, and stage craft aside, we were a very very good band.

Here’s the channel that I post all my shit on. Please comment. Last night I uploaded the entire Jimmy J’s show.  It’s fun, and I remember that week like it was yesterday.


Man Against Mauve – Hip Hop Almighty

I have no idea what this song was supposed to be about. More a groove than a song, really.

Man Against Mauve – Hapax Legomenon (1987)

Yet another song from the “Mary and the Monster” song cycle. This one comes as the curtain opens. Supposedly this reflects the uncertainty of opening one’s heart after having guarded it for so long. She and I both.

Man Against Mauve – Drive Away

Here’s another one from WBNY‘s 33 West show. 1987.

“Drive Away” (1986) was written about my ex-girlfriend. She and I spent most of our “together time” at her house, watching MTV, waiting for her mother to go sleepies, and then delving deeply into the world of neophyte carnality. Oh, it was sugar. Sweet, sweet sugar, I tells yez. However, she soon learned to drive. And her new-found freedom meant new friends, new experiences, and not much of the fun we had so enjoyed. So I wrote a song-cycle called “Mary and the Monster”. Do you have my second CD, “Our Deepest Apathy…”? The song “Downtown” is from that song-cycle. The songs therein were supposed to tell the story of our courtship, coupling, corrosion, and collapse. All I wanted in the world, once I was finished with it, was for her to hear it. I put a copy in her mailbox. And even though I’ve seen her a few times since then, I still have no idea if she’s heard it all the way through.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyhow, my friends in music thought it was pretty good, and I was able to take pride in it as well, once the searing pain of a humiliating break-up wore off a bit. So I formed a band to play it live, thinking it was a good starting point. A set of original music ready to go. That’s how Dave, Paul, Jeff and I got down to the business of being rock stars. “Drive Away” was about her finding her freedom at my expense.

The truth of the matter is that I was absolutely at fault as much as she was.

It’s a good song by a good band. I hope you like this and the other offerings from this, our big TV breakout.


Man Against Mauve – I Had A Girl

I wonder if Michel Weber remembers this song. A pretty funky version from 1991.

Another girl, another song cycle, this time for another girl from 1986, but the song dates from around 1988. Good lyrics, I think. And my publishing company name “Autoholic Friend” comes from this song. Self-depricating to the point of exhaustion, “People call me cynical, people call me mad, everything considered, I’m the best I ever had…”

Man Against Mauve – Anything

1987. I was playing a right-handed Yamaha bass guitar left-handed. Dave Pandolfi had yet to come to terms with his scoliosis. Paul Hoeflich was pure and innocent, and Jeff Dolina was muscular.

Man Against Mauve, for the first time, on the internets. Here is the first song from our appearance on WBNY‘s “33 West”. The song is “Anything”.

This is the second song from “Mary and the Monster”, the point in the story where love is pure, all thoughts are happy, and two people represent an infinite, positive reflection of the future in each other. And the fucking.

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